Study: Single cell RNA-seq of adult and pediatric glioblastoma 24131 cells

An Integrative Model of Cellular States, Plasticity, and Genetics for Glioblastoma

Summary: Diverse genetic, epigenetic, and developmental programs drive glioblastoma, an incurable and poorly understood tumor, but their precise characterization remains challenging. Here, we use an integrative approach spanning single-cell RNA-sequencing of 28 tumors, bulk genetic and expression analysis of 401 specimens from the The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), functional approaches, and single-cell lineage tracing to derive a unified model of cellular states and genetic diversity in glioblastoma. We find that malignant cells in glioblastoma exist in four main cellular states that recapitulate distinct neural cell types, are influenced by the tumor microenvironment, and exhibit plasticity.

Contact: Julie Laffy (julie.laffy@weizmann.ac.il). DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.06.024. GEO: GSE131928